Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I planned a black/white foodie-themed shower for Libby because her wedding colors are black and white and she is a huge foodie, I like to keep themes personal and relevant. I incorporated a lot of Libby's favorite foods into the Italian-inspired menu.
Special thanks to Libby's sisters and future sister-in-laws for helping to provide the booze! And a HUGE thank you to my friend Kristin who helped out with the shower all day.
Here are all the details...
I served a "Blackberry Bridetini" signature cocktail which consisted of homemade blackberry simple syrup, vodka and club soda. The drink was light and refreshing with a hint of sweetness.
The template for the paper goods is from the Wedding Chicks blog (meant for wedding invitations but I used the scroll for the bridal shower invitation and carried it through with menu cards).
For a non-alcoholic option we had Italian soda from Trader Joes.
Here's Libby, the cute bride-to-be sipping her Blackberry Bridetini.
Kristin, my helper for the day....taking a well-deserved break for a cocktail.
I served cheese and bread/crackers/fruit as an appetizer. Libby is obsessed with bread and cheese. I also created a mini crostini bar. Guests could build their own crostini and choose from three toppings; bruschetta, white bean and caper and artichoke parmesan (full menu below with links to recipes).
More bread than we needed. One thing I have learned...though I think I can plan one bad-ass party, I have no idea how to estimate appropriate amounts of food. I bought way too much food and now have 2 pounds of mozzarella, 2 baguettes and dozens of cupcakes sitting in my fridge.
We served Italian pasta salad (brought by Libby's sister-in-law, Suzie) and proscuitto-wrapped melon with a lime drizzle for lunch.
Build-your-own caprese sandwiches served with foccacia or ciabbata. The gorgeous basil is from the Mpls Farmers' Market.
By the time we served dessert everyone had eaten quite a bit plus it was 90 degrees out. Yeah...it was hot as hell. But for an outdoor shower I will take heat over rain any day.
Dessert included brownie bites (made by Kristin, they were a big hit) and I made oreo cupcakes. I brought these to work on Monday and received rave reviews.
I decorated the tent with black and white paper lanterns. Thanks to my hubs and brother-in-law, Drew for helping with set-up.
I kept the flowers pretty simple with white mums and hydrangea purchased from Trader Joes for only $12. I put them in bud vases, apothecary jars and varying sizes of cylinder vases.
Libby received a wedding tree as a gift from her mom (purchased from Etsy) that will be her guest book at the wedding. Guests put a finger print on the tree and sign their name, great idea for a fall wedding (Libby got the idea from our friend Nicole who is getting married in October.)
Now for the full menu:
Build-your-own crostini; bruschetta (purchased from Trade Joes, white bean and caper, artichoke parmesan)
Build-your-own caprese sandwiches
Proscuitto-wrapped melon with a lime drizzle
Italian pasta salad
Parmesan garlic kettle chips
Blackberry bridetini (blackberry simple syrup, vodka, club soda)
Whew, hungry yet?!
Congrats to Libby and Jason on their upcoming wedding! I can't wait!